Salisbury Playhouse: work and design with young people

I am pleased to say that the two plays I designed for Salisbury Playhouse’s young company Moonfleece and Discontented Winter are looking smashing and there is yellow, pink, red and blue a plenty. I am very happy with the set which was essentially a scaffolding construction I had designed. To me however, it makes it even more exciting because it’s recyclable- its cheap to hire and we don’t have a lot of set to throw away or store, so in my green book- that’s definitely a winner! The costumes, I doubt will be easily reusable as they are quite wacky and specific, but then again- perhaps someone out there is looking to hire a dog costume, pink crazy tutus, geometric tops and well lots of props made from cardboard- guns, knifes, mobile phones and binoculars!

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Moonfleece & Discontented Winter
Moonfleece & Discontented Winter set

Two award winning shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014

I am just back from a fantastic month at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival . This year’s Festival was extraordinary! I return to England with TWO AWARD winning shows, both costume and set designs by me, Katherina Radeva!

– Falling in Love with Frida by Caroline Bowditch won a Herald Angel Award

– Near Gone won a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form.

Falling in Love with Frida
Falling in Love with Frida by Caroline Bowditch
Near Gone
Near Gone by Two Destination Language

Dusty Feet begins!

As Falling in Love with Frida by Caroline Bowditch continues to tour- and if you haven’t seen it already, you really should- it’s a juicy performance, I have started designing the print for the Dusty Feet exhibition! Dusty Feet will open on 17 July 2014 at Salisbury Library! Its an exhibition exploring meanings and the evolution of language and its a project ran by Wiltshire Council and Two Destination Language. So, I am designing plinths, the print for the exhibition, the general lay out and all the little nuts and bolts that will string the show together.
You can get involved too

Falling in Love with Frida

So, Falling in Love with Frida by Caroline Bowditch is touring now! Go and see this jem of a dance theatre show!
7-8 March 2014 at CCA, Glasgow
20 March 2014 at Basement, Brighton
30 March 2014 at Skanes Dan’s Tester, Malmo, Sweden
16 May 2014 at Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
12-17 August 2014 at Dance Base, Edinburgh Fringe Festival


World Stage Design 2013, Cardiff

I have just had an absolutely amazing week at WSD2013 in Cardiff. Brilliant designs from all over the world- a very inspirational time- thank you Sean Crowley, Fiona Watt and everyone in the the amazing team who made the event happen and the week run like water!

I was there with Two Destination Language’s piece A Journey of a Home- a one on one audio performance walk, a piece I designed in 2011 which is still happily touring in the UK and abroad. Here is a few images of the Booth and journey cards.


May- keeping it simple!

Two Destination Language have been making their new show Near Gone– a piece about survival against all odds.

All along we knew that for Near Gone we wanted to keep things simple, I start with a stage full of floating fake fishes and real ones in glass jars but in the end we ended up with fake flowers, and now we are looking into the budget to find some spares to use real flowers. Yes, that’s right- four hundred white fresh carnation for each show. I know, it will be pricey but also very beautiful, so here is how Near Gone is shaping up- keeping it simple as I said.

Near Gone, photo by Alma Haser

January 2013

Gold Fish
Gold Fish

I start the year working on two great projects

The first one- is my solo exhibition with thirty new paintings called Turning Thirty. The exhibition is an intimate insight into every day, small, big and imaginary moments which in some way or another I feel important to me.

The exhibition will open on Friday 11th January 2013 and will run until 28th February 2013 at the Gallery in The Pound, Corsham (SN13 9HX) Come and see the new work, and then email me your thoughts!

The other great project is called Falling in Love with Frida which is Caroline Bowditch’s new dance piece and I am very fortunate to be working with her and designing this new work. The piece will open in late 2013 but we starting work now! So, watch this space- it will be special!